Is navigation changing?

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3WE
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Is navigation changing?

Postby 3WE » Tue Jul 27, 2021 12:04 pm

Is there a significant move towards direct routings taking place in 2020/2021?

I’ve noticed that the morning FedEx seems to fly North all the way from Memphis on a “base leg”, then turn final and land.

No Boosh arrival, Rush Limbaugh VOR, Southern IL, ‘formal downwind’.

I see three possibilities:

1. It’s 5:00 AM, so direct routings have minimal traffic issues.

2. ITS company has worked a special deal with ATC.

3. Direct routings are becoming much more common.

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Re: Is navigation changing?

Postby elaw » Tue Jul 27, 2021 12:17 pm

4. Plane is actually supposed to go to LAX but Fedex is trying to improve efficiency at delivering packages to the wrong address.
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Re: Is navigation changing?

Postby 3WE » Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:50 pm

An update- I stumbled on tomorrow’s flight on FlightAware…the routing looked “more normal”…the practice of “skipping waypoints” is nothing new, and maybe at 5:00 AM, you can skip lots of them…
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Re: Is navigation changing?

Postby flyboy2548m » Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:56 pm

Yes.
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